As MoMA's first fashion exhibition in 70+ years, Items: Is Fashion Modern? brilliantly examined fashion in the context of society, culture, and technology. Curators Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher chose 111 items of clothing and accessories including the manicure, and I was honored to support Michelle's research on nails through my book, conversations, and advisement on object and image selection. Congrats to the whole stellar Items team!
Vogue's international and most distinguished editor-at-large Hamish Bowles joined me for an impromptu tour of the PVH Archives space. Can I come see your collection next time, Hamish?!
So thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet the inimitable Iris Apfel and add Nails to her personal library. I learned that Chinese nail guards and mehndi are among her favorite hand adornments...all aflutter getting to chat with this high priestess of style!
Thank you to Francis Wong and the whole creative team at WGSN who invited me to participate in their recent panel on memory and design. Initially connecting through FIT in my capacity as a fashion industry archivist, the program touched on many areas of nostalgia and creative revival. Nail fashions often soak up "retro" influences, and as I commented, these styles are sometimes quite personal, linked to our formative impressions of loved ones.
Thanks again to the ladies of Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops and Vanity Projects Miami for inviting me to participate in the program "Vanity, Culture, Identity: The Art of the Manicure" back in November. Truly enlightening perspectives on nail culture from all panelists!
Thanks to Martha, Ali, Rose, and Andrew at Folio Books and to everyone who came out for the August 2nd event. We had a lovely time sipping iced tea and talking nails!
I'm excited to be holding court at the fantastic independent bookstore, Folio Books, located in San Francisco's Noe Valley, when I'm in town on Sunday, August 2. At 3 pm, please come by for an informal meet-the-author/ Sunday tea/ nail polish swap. I'll be signing books and giving away the last bottles of my limited edition OPI nail color, Switchboard Starlet, with book purchase. Thank you to Martha Pettit for staging this fun event--hope to see a few of you Bay Area lovelies there!
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On Thursday, April 23rd, I'm coming back to the Brooklyn Museum for a book signing from 6-8 pm. It's part of their Members Spring Sale Week programming and an evening that includes nail art by the fabulous and talented Vanity Projects crew. See event webpage for details.
I recently enjoyed speaking with the great kids and budding non-fiction writers of my friend Alexis' class at P.S. 63 in Manhattan's East Village. The class prepared engaging questions for me, with some I really had to think about: How many drafts did my book go through? Who's my favorite writer?
I hope I imparted at least one bit of wisdom: a book can start with something you really love or a question about how something came to be. Or both, as in my case!